Highly accomplished bass-baritone, Carl DuPont, is a vocalist equally engaged in performing, teaching, and research, whom The South Florida Classical Review has celebrated for his “dramatic, dark tones.” Major operatic credits include productions at The Glimmerglass Festival, Opera Carolina, Toledo Opera, Opera Saratoga, Sarasota Opera, Cedar Rapids Opera, El Palacio de Bellas Artes, Opera Company of Brooklyn, and Leipzig Opera. His world premieres include the title character in Dennis Rodman in North Korea as well as Why Peace is Always a Good Idea at Carnegie Hall under the baton of composer Jacqueline Hairston. In the role of Murray on the world premiere recording of Death of Webern, Fanfare Magazine noted his “lyricism that underpins every statement.” DuPont has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras in performances across the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, under the batons of Riccardo Muti, Kurt Masur, and Zubin Mehta. He has even been seen on German television as Fred, der Tanzlehrer, on Unter Uns. However, the intimacy of the solo recital is his preferred métier, and his particular passion is sharing the wealth of songs by Black composers. His solo debut album of these works, entitled The Reaction was recently released on Albany Records. The American Record Guide called it “a special album that brings deserved attention to these fine composers. If you enjoy art song, this is not something to miss.”
DuPont’s scholarly interest focuses on Transformative Inclusion in higher music education, specifically the contributions of black musicians, composers, and educators to the discipline. Most recently his article, “Make the Door Open: Groundbreaking African American Teachers of Singing” appeared in the Voice and Speech Review. He has presented original research in conferences in Stockholm, Vancouver, and Indianapolis. He also co-authored “The Economic Impact of Vocal Attrition in Public School Teachers in Miami-Dade County” for The Laryngoscope with colleagues from the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine.
He served as an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and taught previously at Barry University, The University of Miami, and Indiana University. His young students have won local and regional competitions and have benefitted from his implementation of a multicultural guest artist series and advocacy for diverse composers in the curriculum. These efforts have garnered him recognition as one of Diverse Magazine’s 2018 Emerging Scholars.
His own studies began at the prestigious Eastman School of Music, and Indiana University, where he earned the distinctive Performers’ Certificate at both institutions coupled with his bachelor’s and master’s degrees respectively. He was then awarded the highly sought-after University of Miami Fellowship and completed a doctorate in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance at The Frost School of Music under the tutelage of bass Kevin Short.
Highlights from this season include Hortensius in La Fille du Regiment and Zuniga in Carmen, recitals at UC San Diego, University of Miami, as well as masterclasses at the University of South Carolina and Winthrop University.